Hell In A Bucket, Shakedown Street, Wang Dang Doodle, Friend Of The Devil, When I Paint My Masterpiece, Brown
Foolish Heart, Looks Like Rain-> Jam-> Crazy Fingers-> Playin' In The Band-> Terrapin Station-> Drums-> Jam-> Dark Star Jam-> Playin' In The Band Reprise-> Black Peter-> One More Saturday Night, E: The Weight
August 5, 2020 Subject:
I was at this show and it was awesome. Actually was one hell of a ride and I feel really grateful to have been there.
July 3, 2020 Subject:
This show, known for the Shakedown, was Hornsby's only ILL appearance with the band. The first set is one of the year's best. The second set is 2hrs long and features an instrumental Dark Star. Wind was a problem though, described as ruining sound for half the stands (that's one of the problems with stadia). They would come here four more times for eight more shows (plus Fare Thee Well '15). A dual-keys show, it was followed by surprise fireworks. Though not, say, 6/9, it is one of June's top few.
First Set. Great at the top, the two-keys Hellina is rarely this good. The wonderful Shakedown has a monster jam and Jer plays with sax MIDI during the last few mins. It's a very ensemble version. The smooth Wang Dang is gonna have a fuck of a time, though one more vampy than jammy. Masterpiece is polished enough, but in a way more forced than easy. Brown Eyed just might knock you for six and Let it Grow has plenty to leave 'em happy for the break.
Second Set. Truthfully, Foolish Heart has a couple nice sections but it's not among the era's best. In Looks Like Rain Bobby's a muppet, and Crazy Fingers is a wash ... but then ... after a Bruce Dark Star tease on the seg in, Playin' builds a brick-by-brick monolith. The two-keys unit works great here (check Bruce on this). Acoustically full-framed, there's a peak plateau and some Terrapin foreshadowing (must've been setlisted at the break). Terrapin is mostly stock-in-trade - save the iffy Inspiration section - but dig the last 6mins. Jer plays MIDI against Phil, then Bobby. Bruce is in the midst and Vince is also good here. It's one of the longest versions. When Jer starts Dark Star, anxious Bruce pick it up in about a picosecond. Jer plays the verses instead of singing; it's pretty good, actually. It comes as surprise when Jer veers back into Playin', but it works well. The rest is average '91, with Bruce saving the encore.
1st Set: B 2nd Set: C+
Overall = 3½ stars
Hell in a Bucket - dual key fortification
Shakedown Street - ensemble & oft-noted
Playing in the Band - full-framed
SOURCES: The miller_112775 is slightly more dynamic than the miller_105541 and the others (except it has a dropout in Wang Dang). Shakedown Street is on the All the Years Combine bonus disc. The whole vid is likely on the horizon.
August 7, 2019 Subject:
set 2 jamming
terrapin really benefits from the “big band sound” (as another reviewer put it). a massive coda jam, starting about 9-10 min in. listen loud! drummers are stellar here, pounding away in the fills, and there’s a sinister and deep dark bass effect adding to the intensity. delightfully sludgy and powerhouse sound. around 13 min, phil elevates the jam past the dark sludge of just before and the band lifts off, garcia floating on midi flute. hornsby dropping little dark star quotes in the spaces. nothing too thematic but a flowing, fluid, full band post-terrapin jamming for about 10 great minutes...
drums has loud call and response on the kits for a couple min, before a fun segment of tribal/techno groove, followed by barren alien landscapes and then space. hints of other one when garcia and hornsby tangle up for the last few minutes. then the welcome appearance of a relatively brief but spirited (and all instrumental- garcia plays the verse) dark star and finally the playin’ reprise. nice!
other highlights/notes: seems like a really long pre-drumz segment, shakedown in the number 2 slot, wonderful foolish heart to open set 2.
November 1, 2018 Subject:
I sang a little while and then flew on.
June 10, 2018 Subject:
Tell it, doug_the_dude! Excellent display of a show, easy five stars. Deadbase has this show ranked tenth among "favorite tapes" for '91. behind some absolute beauties, like 9/10/91 (#1 with 71 votes), 10/31 (55), 9/26 (40), and 8/16 (38). Lots of June '91s in the mix, by the way. For example, you'll find near the top 6/17 (34), 6/14 (33), 6/25 (21), and then 6/22 (18). Further down June shows include 6/7 (8), 6/24 (8), 6/16 (5), 6/6 (4), 6/20 (4), 6/9 (3), and 6/20 (3). That's (to my count) 11 out of 15!
*Hornsby's only show in Chicago.
June 20, 2013 Subject:
If you've heard 6/17/91, you get the idea - Bruce insisting on shrouding a series of tunes in the suite in a fleeting Dark Star aura, the boys performing as a big band-style whole, and, at 3 solid, exhaustingly great hours, delivering yet another pretty amazing show from this marvelous tour.
Set 1 - Shakedown? Yes, please! Friend of the Devil as well - that's another one of those tunes that simply never, ever gets old for me. Let it Grow is a symphonic explosion.
Set 2 is one very long, very confident, rather epic suite. They don't stop playing for upwards to two hours, and it's really that ability they had this summer to turn on the smallest of dimes to another tune so perfectly that makes it - listen to Crazy Fingers emerge so quietly and beautifully from LLR; Playin's BANG beginning, Terrapin being dragged to life by Bruce, who can't seem to make up his mind whether to Dark-Star this thing or what (god love him), but Jerry is more than up to the vocal challenge....
...Drums > Space covers some wonderfully haunting psychedelic ground, and that "envelope" of Dark Star is once again opened, and unlike 6/17's jaw-dropping jazz, the jam that emerges here is more of a proper Dark Star jam, nothing fancy, just a gentle unleashing of all that tension. Bruce leaves it alone after they drop this one in the slot.
Rest of the show is just fine. As they round the bend to the Weight, it's been a giddy ride. Three solid hours, and every bit of it is as good as anything you'll hear in 1991. Maybe one of the year's most-realized shows, IMHO.